New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service said the kokanee bite is in full swing with the warming air and water temperatures. Fish are holding in most open water areas, with the best action around Rose Island, the Dam and the Spillway. Some larger fish have been found east of the 49 Bridge in the Coyote Creek Arm. Uncle Larry's pink tiger spinner, watermelon Apex., Vance's Sockeye Slammers and the new Shasta Tackle Wiggle Hootchies in pink are working from 10 to 55 feet with plain or garlic-scented corn. Bank trout action has slowed, with the best fishing up in the creeks or under the Highway 49 Bridge with Power Bait or inflated crawlers. Trollers should use shad or rainbow trout-patterned lures such as Needlefish, Kastmasters and Excels to 30 feet over deep water in the main channel upriver and in the main lake for rainbows. A few browns continue to be caught, but they are hitting Countdown Rapalas or Trophy Sticks from 50 to 60 feet near structure. Bass bite has been good, with a fair topwater bite at dawn or dusk. After the sun rises, Senkos, jigs, Carolina-rigged 6-inch worms, ripbaits and spinnerbaits are all working. Catfishing is improving, with fish to nearly 8 pounds on anchovies, sardines or mackerel. Crappie fishing is still best at night around submerged trees from 10 to 20 feet with small or medium minnows or crappie jigs in Bear, Mormon or Carson Creeks. The lake rose to 53 percent capacity.
Layne still likes Lake Tulloch for rainbow trout to 3 pounds with ExCel, Cripplures, Uncle Larry spinners or rolled shad from the surface to 25 feet in the Green Springs arm, the mouth of Black Creek and off the face of the Dam. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith 581-4734; Fishn' Dan 586 2383; Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
San Luis Reservoir / O'Neill Forebay — Ly Tu at Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said the bridge under the Forebay has been shoulder to shoulder on weekends and some weekday evenings. Anglers have been picking up 18- to 22-inch stripers on pile worms or frozen shad. The main lake action has been slow. There are a few fish taken on the left side of the Dinosaur Point launch on Rebel Jumbo Minnows in white, Lucky Craft 128's in Ghost Minnow or white Flukes at night for the occasional fish. The lake dropped 4 vertical feet because of releases. Call: Wind conditions, (800) 805-4805; Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSwain Reservoir — Chuck Rowell of A-1 Bait in Snelling said the trout bite has slowed in the past week. Trollers are working from Gilligan's Island to the second Fence Line with orange or chartreuse Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler or blade/crawler combinations to 25 feet. Bank fishing has been fair with white Power Eggs, rainbow Power Bait or inflated crawlers at the Handicapped Docks or the Brush Pile. Call: 378-2534
Delta Mendota Canal / Sloughs — Bait shops are selling bags of anchovies for schoolie stripers and catfish in the Aqueduct west of Firebaugh. Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait Bucket in Bakersfield reported a 30-pound striper was caught by Mike Luna of Bakersfield on a shad-pattern jerk bait in the south Aqueduct. The bite has been good for experienced anglers with sand worms, anchovies, and amber/green flake Gitzits.
McClure Reservoir — Chuck Rowell reported good bass fishing from the banks to 25 feet in Cottonwood and Barrett's Cove and in Piney Creek with live bait, spinner or buzz baits, dark-colored jigs or 082 Keeper worms. There is an early morning topwater bite with crankbaits working to 16 feet after the sun rises. Trout fishing is good, but it has slowed a bit. Fish are from Barrett's Cove to Horseshoe Bend at depths from the surface in the morning to 35 feet. Chrome/green or blue/chrome Kastmasters, Cop Car Needlefish, blade/crawler combinations, and Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind dodger are all working. King salmon and kokanee fishing has been slow. Crappie still biting best at night at 40 to 45 feet in Barrett's Cove or the Houseboats near the Spillway with red/white minijigs or small minnows. The lake rose to 53 percent capacity. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
Lake Don Pedro — Monte Smith reported outstanding action for rainbows with the opportunity for a kokanee and a king salmon. He has been trolling at three different levels, targeting rainbows to 17 feet, kokanee from 30 to 45 feet, and king salmon from 80 to 102 feet from Jenkins Hill to Fleming Meadows. The water is extremely clear, and trout have been hitting on sideplaners in midday on the surface. They have landed kings to 2 pounds on rolled shad and rainbows to 2.5 pounds on Vance's Slim Fin or Uncle Larry's spinners tipped with a crawler on a sideplaner or downrigger. Danny Layne put Gary Thompson of Modesto on to a 4-pound king. He has been searching out kings with rolled anchovies or shad with the Mr. Kokanee Wiggle Hootchie behind a Sling Blade from 50 to 100 feet off Fleming Bay. Kokanee are found off of Jenkins Hill or in the Graveyard with Uncle Larry's Spinners, Marni Bugs or pink Glitterbug hootchies with corn scented with ProCure krill or anise. Largemouth bass are still in 10 to 20 feet of water with brown/purple jigs with a smoke or cinnamon/brown trailer, ProWorms in color 300 on a dart-head or swimbaits such as ROF 12 Huddlestons in rainbow trout all working. Carolina-rigged Brush Hawgs or lizards in watermelon/red are also working. The lake rose to 75% capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Fishn' Dan 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
Delta/Stockton — Curtis Hayes of Benicia Bait reported outstanding sturgeon action with the minus tide at the upper end of Suisun Bay. He landed legal fish at 57 and 54 inches on pile worms between the Glomar and the first row of ships Sunday. The fish have been biting at the end of the incoming tide. Upriver, Kevin Yost of Lucky Strike Fishing said there are good numbers of sturgeon from the Middle Grounds to Rio Vista with the best bite on ghost or grass shrimp on the incoming tide at 35 feet. The wind has been the constant factor, and most boats have needed to take shelter near Garnet Point and the Big or Little Cuts. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, has put his clients onto some large limits in the past week, including a 10-pounder, but he advised fishing with a slow presentation on the outside weedlines in deeper water. He said you can land fish on a variety of lures: crankbaits, spinnerbaits, frogs, etc., but no one technique will produce more than a fish or two. The most consistent artificial has been the 10-inch Berkley Power Worm on the Zappu Head. Bass bite should jump off, but fish are still hesitatant and anglers have to be patient. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665.
San Francisco Bay — Live bait is still not available in the bay, and this is the latest date that most captains can remember without live anchovies or sardines. There have been few anchovy schools, and those located have been "pinheads." There is a possibility that the bait may stay outside the Gate for the season. In the meantime, party boats and private skiffs have to either troll for halibut at less than 20 feet or drifting dead bait or live shiners. Capt. Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker put his clients on the 8 halibut to 15 pounds on Sunday to go with a striped bass trolling and drifting live shiners in the south bay near the Alameda Rockwall.
Half Moon — Both Huck Finn and Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing are taking the 18-mile run south to Pigeon Point, but the wind and ocean conditions have kept boats from making the run for several days. Call: Roger Thomas (415) 674-3474; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; California Dawn (510) 773-5511, Don Franklin (510) 703-4148.